Man fights with officers


Khori Simmons allegedly under influence of drugs, alcohol

BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man allegedly under the influence of alcohol and meth was arrested for several offenses following an incident Monday.
Khori Wayne Simmons, 22, of Buckhannon, was arrested for multiple misdemeanors after allegedly fighting with officers Monday.
The incident began when Patrolman Joseph Barcus went to a residence on Cleveland Avenue and spoke with the resident regarding a breaking and entering where an individual kicked the front door of the residence open and left the scene in a white Buick, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.
While Barcus was at the residence, PFC Marshall O’Connor stopped a white Buick at Sheetz and called for help.
Before O’Connor could speak with the people in the vehicle, Simmons got out of the rear passenger side and aggressively approached the officer, according to the criminal complaint. Simmons allegedly threw his backpack at O’Connor, striking the hood of the cruiser, and continued to advance towards O’Connor. Simmons then allegedly kicked the driver side door of the cruiser, causing a dent and black marks.
Simmons then backed away after his girlfriend tried to get him under control, but he then threw his hat at O’Connor. The hat hit the officer in the forehead, leaving a red abrasion, according to the complaint.
When Simmons allegedly refused to obey O’Connor’s verbal commands to put his arms behind his back, Deputy Seth Cutright took Simmons to the ground, according to the complaint. Barcus then approached Simmons’ left side and attempted to restrain the defendant, at which time he continued to tense up and began struggling with Cutright and Barcus. Simmons managed to roll on his back and struck Barcus in the face, leaving a scratch mark on the top of the officer’s head.
Simmons was restrained and taken to Tygart Valley Regional Jail; he remained combative during the trip, according to the file. While out at TVRJ, Simmons allegedly admitted to being under the influence of alcohol and methamphetamine.
Simmons was arrested for obstructing an officer; battery on a police officer, two counts; destruction of property; disorderly conduct; and public intoxication.
Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond at $32,500.

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